The “driver” of a pedal vehicle that overturned with 15 people inside on Saturday has been cited for allegedly driving it under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Atlanta police said.
The driver or driver, who the operator Pedal Pub calls a “driver”, was also cited for an unspecified commercial violation following the early evening crash in Midtown Atlanta.
The name of this person has not been released. Georgia’s laws prohibiting impaired driving cover “alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances”. Police did not say who was suspected.
Without the pilot’s identity, NBC News was unable to reach them or their attorney for an answer. On Sunday evening, the operator, Pedal Pub, did not respond to a request for comment.
All 15 people in the vehicle were injured after it “tipped over while turning,” Atlanta police said in a statement Sunday morning.
Although police said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, all 15 were hospitalized. The City of Atlanta Fire Department said two runners initially suffered serious injuries and three others were assessed for serious injuries.
The others were treated for minor injuries, the department said.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place shortly after 6:30 p.m., authorities said.
“This was a single vehicle accident,” Atlanta Police Officer Steve Avery said via email Saturday. “A ‘pedal pub’ with several passengers was trying to negotiate a turn but was apparently going too fast and flipped over.”
Pedal Pub, part of a St. Paul, Minnesota-based limited liability company, offers tours of two to four beer-serving establishments in Atlanta per trip.
Its website says the rides have a capacity of 15 people. It is not clear if this includes the operator. The Pedal Pub website states that the safety of its passengers is a priority and that its pilots are fully trained.
In Atlanta, passengers are allowed to have their own alcoholic beverages except hard liquor in plastic cups on board the vehicle, the website says. In some of the other US cities where Pedal Pub operates, it is permitted to serve beer on board.
He calls his vehicles “the original party bike”. The rides are handmade in the Netherlands and durable, says the Pedal Pub website.
Joe Studley contributed.